Mbappe calls for end to violence in France


Published: 2023-07-02 12:51

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 08:27

Mbappe calls for end to violence in France
Mbappe calls for end to violence in France

Captain of the French national team, Kylian Mbappe, took to social media to call for an end to the riots in France following the fatal shooting of a teenager by police.

Nahel, a 17-year-old of Algerian descent, was shot by police on Tuesday during a traffic stop. The killing prompted consecutive nights of demonstrations throughout France and its territories. More than 40,000 police officers have been mobilized, as government buildings have been vandalized and stores looted.

Mbappe posted appeals on Twitter and Instagram calling for an end to the violent demonstrations. “Violence must stop, it solves nothing, especially when it inevitably turns against those who are expressing it,” Mbappe wrote in his Instagram story.

On Saturday, Mbappe posted on Twitter to extend his condolences to Nahel’s family and urge others to restore peace. “Like all French people, we were marked and shocked by the brutal death of young Nahel,” Mbappe wrote in French. “The time of violence must end to make way for that of mourning, dialogue and reconstruction,” he added.

Anger at Nahel’s death was fueled by protestors’ anger over racial and socioeconomic bias in France. Mbappe said that many French players, many of whom are from working-class families like Nahel’s, share “the feelings of sadness and pain.”

The UN called on France to address racism and discrimination in law enforcement.

More than 2,000 people have been detained and over 500 police officers injured, CNN reported. About 5,000 security forces have been deployed only in Paris, and officers were given orders to make arrests and “quell republican order,” said French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin.

Shops from the north of France to the south have been ransacked, streets damaged and cars set on fire. Protestors were seen carrying signs reading “the police kill.”

Nahel was pulled over in Nanterre, a Paris suburb, for reckless driving. Footage taken by a passerby shows an officer discharging his gun at the driver, who was seated and did not appear to pose a threat. According to Nanterre prosecutor Pascal Prache, the officer feared Nahel would run someone over with the car.

The officer has been placed in detention and is being investigated for voluntary homicide.